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Read Jody's experience on board the inaugural London to New Orleans British Airways party flight with Nicole Scherzinger and YolanDa Brown for entertainment and her four days of Mardi Gras celebrations - with a cocktail or two thrown in for good measure!

Mardi Gras in French Quarter, Louisiana

Friday 25th February 2017

Day 1 & what a day - spectacular, fun, amazing and exhausting. Thank you to #BAlovesNOLA for the amazing artists on board our inaugural London to New Orleans party flight, the line-up was Nicole Scherzinger and YolanDa Brown who got the whole plane up, singing and dancing. Landed in the Big Easy to a jazz band live in the baggage hall and a full on police escort to our hotel, where cocktails were offered whilst they checked us in…. more cocktails followed by wonderful food and then our first night of amazing Mardi Gras Parades. Been up 24 hours need my Zzzzzz….one day down 3 to go!

Saturday 26th February 2017

Day 2 in NOLA and had a fabulous time with the BANOLA family, seen and learnt things as a local with face painting, cocktails, parades, cocktails, great food, cocktails and walked miles..... gorgeous weather, warming sunshine and blue, blue skies ...... perfect. Love the marching bands, edgy and fun! I’m a very lucky lady!  

Mardi Gras Float, New Orleans

Sunday 27th February 2017

Day 3 of our bucket list Mardi Gras Marathon starts in an Irish bar in midtown to watch England win against Italy in the Six Nations, breakfast during the game includes Bloody Mary's (of course!) Brilliant afternoon in the French Quarter and Frenchmen Street, with friends and colleagues. Spectacular last evening of Mardi Gras at the Sheraton on Canal, joined by the rather gorgeous Harry Connick Jnr. With great parades, crab cake sliders, lobster mac and cheese, fabulous marching bands, costumes galore and beads, beads and more beads – Mr. Tee has nothing on me NOLA I ❤ U

Finn McCools Irish Bar, New Orleans

Monday 28th February 2017

Day 4 starts with lunchypoos New Orleans style....rude not too really! Cane & Table Restaurant in the heart of the city on the edge of the Quarter.  Wow - food wonderful, Tabasco tasting interesting, fabulous and fun with delicious and edgy cocktails……yummmmmmyyyyyy.

Tabasco Tasting @ Cane & Table, New Orleans

Police escort to our farewell dinner at Ralph's in the Park, superb food with a wonderful balcony on a warm evening, enjoying good wine as we reminisce about the last 4 days.  Arrived at the airport to live music, dancing and hurricane cocktails at the gate. Sleep will come easy after our fabulous BANOLA Mardi Gras weekend!

British Airways Cake, Antoines Restaurant

Mardi Gras, which is French for Fat Tuesday, always falls 46 days before Easter so in 2018 it will fall on Tuesday, 13th February. The two weeks leading up to Mardi Gras are packed with street parades featuring bands, marching groups and large floats packed with costumed riders throwing beads and other trinkets to the masses in the streets. New Orleans might have the biggest parades and the biggest parties throughout the Carnival season, but other cities across Louisiana also join in on the fun. Start planning your Mardi Gras holiday for 2018! Email for information and maps and visit to book your flights. Or enter our competition and you might win some flights!


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